Dec 28 2012

Review: Q&A books and cafe, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Inside Q&A Bookshop, Sihandoukville Cambodia

Q&A isn’t the only bookshop in Sihanoukville, but it’s the only bookshop cafe in town. If you’re a book lover, that alone makes taking the time to find it down at the bottom of Mithona Street at Ochheuteal beach worth it, but you’ll find a solid collection of more than 8,000 books and a nice … read the full post

Dec 27 2012

New Year’s Eve in Phnom Penh

Published by under Events

Fancy fountains at Wat Botom

Although the official Khmer new year doesn’t start in Cambodia until April, Cambodians and expats love a party and there’s plenty of celebrations planned for Western New Year. From gala dinners to largin’ it DJs with a few fireworks thrown in, you won’t forget your New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2013 in Phnom Penh. … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

New Year’s Eve in Sihanoukville

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ochheuteal beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Update: 30 December 2012 – The Big Event on Ocheuteal Beach on New Year’s Eve looks like it’s going to be the Soundwave Music Festival. According to their flier, it is going to be a “Massive Music Festival” with a “Massive sound stage” and a “Huge stage & lighting.” Tickets are $6 on the day … read the full post

Dec 21 2012

Review: Try Bad Panda and then, Maybe Later

Published by under Sihanoukville

Pad Banda and Maybe Later, Sihanoukville Cambodia

If you take a walk down Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Road looking for something to eat during the daylight hours, Bad Panda will probably catch your eye. Return after dark and you may wonder why Bad Panda’s doors are closed and its next door neighbour has invaded its patio space. No, the eye-patched panda hasn’t been muscled … read the full post

Dec 17 2012

The far side of Otres Beach

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estuary near otres beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Sunday is a good day to escape the crowds in Sihanoukville. It used to be easy — you’d just go to Otres beach instead of Ochheuteal. Now that the road is paved, that doesn’t work quite as well. If you really want to escape the weekend hordes, you have to push on a couple of … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Carols and Christmas dinners in Phnom Penh 2012

Published by under Festivals

Bound to be one in your size ...

If fish amok is not your idea of a traditional Christmas dinner, there are other alternatives in Phnom Penh over the holiday season. Although turkeys are not indigenous to Cambodia, several restaurants are offering a festive spread to ensure your tastebuds know it’s Christmas. Top it off with some carols and candles, and you’ll be … read the full post

Dec 12 2012

Avoid the crowds at Ta Prohm: go to Preah Khan

In a dark, dark corner, an exquisite Devata

Preah Khan has lived long in the shadow of its older sister, Ta Prohm. But as the hordes pore over the broken paths and scaffolding of the older temple, the very fact that Preah Khan is so often overlooked has become an integral part of its attraction. You are freer to explore here, without rubbing … read the full post

Dec 11 2012

Is it worth spending time in Koh Kong?

Published by under Koh Kong

beach at Koh Kong, Cambodia

In short, yes, yes it is. Most backpackers who don’t come to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh come from Bangkok via Koh Kong. A bus load of them rolled up to the Apex Hotel in downtown Koh Kong just as we were getting into a tuk tuk for a look around. Already weary looking from the … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

Christmas in Sihanoukville

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christmas display at samudera supermarket, sihanoukville cambodia

Like the rest of Cambodia and much of Southeast Asia, Sihanoukville has a predominantly Buddhist population. On top of that, most visitors to Sihanoukville do not come from countries with Christian traditions, meaning Christmas isn’t a huge occasion. Happily for those wanting to get into the Christmas spirit though, establishments who cater to Western tourists … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Visiting Koh Tonsay

Published by under Islands

Where have all the rabbits gone?

With some stiff competition in the beauty pageant of Cambodian islands, Koh Tonsay is the most easily accessible from the mainland and still under-developed enough for a proper castaway experience. With no motor vehicles, no mains electricity and few residents, welcome to the simple life. Only 20 minutes’ boat ride from Kep, Koh Tonsay (Rabbit … read the full post

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